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10 Awesome Things To Do In Melbourne This Weekend

By Samuel Giles
14th Jan 2021

As we hit the halfway point through January, whether you’re returning to work, or taking a little more time to smell the roses, Melbourne is back doing what it does best. Events galore: everything from the spellbinding magic from Harry Potter and the Cursed Child to free classical concerts in the CBD's laneways, these are the best things to do in Melbourne this weekend.

Harry Potter And The Cursed Child

Unless you’ve been living under a rock, it’s more than likely you’ve heard of Harry Potter and the Cursed Child. The award-winning and record-breaking theatre show is returning this Sunday, as the Princess Theatre is once again transformed into spellbinding extravaganza of spells, magic and a whole lot of fun. 

The Details

What: Harry Potter and the Cursed Child
Where: Princess Theatre, 163 Spring Street, Melbourne 3000
When: Sunday 17 January 2021 to Sunday 18 July 2021

Mo’Ju With Orchestra Victoria

Immerse yourself this Saturday night with the angelic tones of Mo’Ju. Performing at Sidney Myer Music Bowl for one night only, Mo’Ju is joining forces with Orchestra Victoria to produce an evening showcasing her incredible music catalogue filled with depth, range and true mastery of such an art. 

The Details

What: Mo’Ju with Orchestra Victoria
Where: Sidney Myer Music Bowl: Linlithgow Ave Melbourne 3000
When: Saturday 16 January 2021

Milk In The Pandemic

During the events of 2020, for many people, our lives were put on hold—including milk bottles. Milk in the Pandemic is a photo exhibition of milk bottles in various locations around Melbourne from March to November 2020. It’s an emotional experience which highlights the emotional depth of such tumultuous times. Visit the website to find out more. 

The Details

What: Milk in the Pandemic
Where: Various locations around Melbourne
When: Friday 15 January 2021 to Friday 19 February 2021

Princes Of The Night

Give your Saturday night some pizazz and glamour as “Miss Juliette” hosts the iconic Princes of the Night show. Combining comedy, dance, style, Princes of the Night has been wowing audiences for more than 20 years, and is backed up by an all-star cast of talented performers. 

The Details

What: Princes of the Night
Where: Level 3 Crown, 8 Whiteman Street, Southbank 3006
When: Saturday 16 January 2021

Big Strings Festival

Be sure to head into the city from this Saturday and check out the immense musical talent that Melbourne has to offer. The City of Melbourne and the Victorian State Government have joined forces with Artist Bookings to provide an assortment of melodic performances and to celebrate the sheer aptitude of such skilled individuals. 

The Details

What: Big Strings Festival
Where: Various locations around Melbourne
When: Saturday 16 January 2021 to Sunday 31 January 2021

ClimateWatch Walk

Understanding our impact on the environment in an effort to live more sustainably is something we should all be practising, if not for ourselves, but for future generations. ClimateWatch Walk is an initiative by Royal Botanical Gardens Victoria, as guests are invited to take a walk and understand how climate change is impacting our plants and wildlife. 

The Details

What: ClimateWatch Walk
Where: Royal Botanical Gardens Victoria, Melbourne Gardens
When: Saturday 16 January 2021

Summertime Fling Festival 

The winemakers of Macedon Ranges are throwing a massive three week vino festival across the various vineyards and cellar doors across the region. You’ll find everything from oyster and wine pairings to an American style barbecue—suss out the full program here.

The Details

What: Summertime Fling Wine Festival
Where: Macedon Ranges
When: Until Sunday 31 January

Triennial Extra

Triennial Extra is returning this Friday night, hosted by National Gallery of Victoria. The month long event has plenty to offer including live music, DJs, food, pop-up bars and plenty more. Highly acclaimed chef Adam D’Sylva is also weaving his culinary mastery in the NGV’s Garden Restaurant and outdoor dining, unique to Triennial Extra.

The Details

What: Triennial Extra
Where: National Gallery of Victoria, 180 St Kilda Road, Melbourne 3006
When: Friday 15 January to Sunday 14 February 2021

Australian Music Vault

Take a dive into the history of the Australian music scene, and head to Arts Centre Melbourne this weekend. Celebrating all things music in Australia, this exhibition is designed to showcase the diverse and rich history of our musicians and performers, whilst appreciating the memorable aspects of the shows, such as costumes and interviews. 

The Details

What: Australian Music Vault
Where: Arts Centre Melbourne
When: Friday 15 January 2021 to Sunday 14 February 2021

Stencil Art Workshop

Ever wanted to learn how to master the craft of stencil art? Here’s your chance. The Blender Studios is hosting a stencil art workshop this Saturday, covering all the elements you need to know about the delicate art form. All experience levels are welcome.

The Details

What: Stencil Art Workshop
Where: The Blender Studios 33–35 Dudley St West Melbourne 3003
When: Saturday 16 January 2021

Check out everything else happening in Melbourne here.

Image credit: Unsplash

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